From: Arlington, Massachusetts
Peter first experienced hearing loss in kindergarten; however, he did not get fit with hearing aids right away. It wasn’t until middle school that he realized he needed to make a change. He shares,
"When I was in seventh grade, school became a little different because I was switching classrooms and had multiple teachers. Since I did not have any hearing aids, I had to try to hear as well as the others kids. It was absolutely draining. I would come home exhausted from straining to hear all day. I finally decided I needed help, because what I was experiencing was definitely not normal.
The first time I tried on a hearing aid, I was not expecting too much. But when it turned on, and my audiologist asked, ‘How does it feel?’ I almost broke down crying! I could hear her from a distance I usually could not hear other people from. I could clearly HEAR her! That is a moment I will never forget. It’s as if I were finally fully living for the first time."
In addition to attending college and playing soccer, Peter is an active voting member of the Community Service Commission Branch of Associated Students. This position allows him to give back and serve the community through various initiatives. This is important to him, as his biggest passion is to stand up and help others.
"I am about as headstrong as they come when it comes to standing up for what I believe in," he says. "Justice is the foundation of living, and as I have experienced through my struggles with hearing loss, I really had to be my own advocate to get the justice I deserved. It is with this underlying motive that I dream of becoming an audiologist. I want to help others get justice and live their lives as champions. Helping people is what I want in life, and a great place to do that is in the hearing loss world."
Peter is a HearStrong Champion because he never gives up, he always stands up for what he believes in, and he encourages others to do the same.
"You have to be your own advocate in life," he says. "If something is not working for you, it is your responsibility to change it. I thought life was all it could be before I got hearing aids, but little did I know, I was missing out on a lot."
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